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Battle, Chukwu lead Syracuse past Eastern Michigan, 62-47

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle's 16 second-half points - including 10 straight for Syracuse - created some separation from Eastern Michigan but it was Paschal Chukwu's unexpected success from the foul line that kept the Orange in the game.

Battle finished with 22 points and Chukwu added a career-high 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead Syracuse (11-2) to a 62-47 win over Eastern Michigan (8-4) on Wednesday night.

Chukwu, a 48-percent shooter from the foul line entering the game, hit 9-of-11 free throws, including 5-of-6 in the first half when Syracuse had a hard time mustering any kind of offense. The Orange had just five field goals on 21 attempts in the first 20 minutes with half of its 24 points coming at the line. The teams were tied at 24 at the break.

''That's the goal, if they're going to foul me, to make them pay,'' Chukwu said of his nine made foul shots, also a career high. ''I was able to accomplish that today. As my foul shooting gets better, I'll make them pay more.''

Syracuse was called for just seven personal fouls to Eastern Michigan's 19 and took 20 more foul shots than the Eagles - hitting 20-of-26 to the Eagles' 4-of-6.

''When you come into a venue like this you have to overcome an ACC team coached by a Hall of Fame coach (Jim Boeheim),'' Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said. ''But, then, when it's consistent calls every time up the floor and they're against you - 19 fouls to seven - you just can't win that way. I'm not one to talk about officiating or fouls being called, but tonight it was evident. We just couldn't overcome it.''

Battle had just six points on 1-of-6 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3-point range, in the first half, but heated up in the second, hitting 6-of-9 field-goal attempts, including 3-of-4 3-pointers, to lead the Orange. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett had 11 points each, and Brissett snagged 12 rebounds.

Elijah Minnie led Eastern Michigan with 13 points. James Thompson IV added 12.

The game was tied at 26-all when Howard and Battle went to work. After Chukwu hit two free throws, Howard scored the next five on a layup and 3-pointer and Battle scored the next 10 for the Orange, hitting back-to-back 3s, a layup and a jumper to give Syracuse a 43-36 lead with 11:30 to go. Eastern Michigan scored the next five but Syracuse closed the game on a 19-6 run, including six more from Battle. The Orange shot 52 percent from the field after intermission.

''I knew one was going to fall eventually,'' said Battle, who shot just 3-of-18 in Syracuse's loss to St. Bonaventure last Friday. ''You can't miss that many shots, one has to go in. I wasn't worried. You can't stop shooting or that means you've lost confidence and that's never good.''

The story of the game, though, was Chukwu-on both ends of the court.

''He's (7 feet 2 inches). He blocks shots. He alters shots,'' Murphy said. ''When you're (7 feet 2 inches), guys on offense always think about you. Even if you're not around they wonder where you are. I also saw from him he was able to step to the line and make free throws. He shoots something like 48 percent but he stepped up and made some big free throws. He was great defensively, he made his free throws. He had a huge impact on the game.''

BIG PICTURE:

Eastern Michigan hung tough but was outgunned by a more athletic team. Nothing to be ashamed of but the Eagles have just one day to regroup for a game Friday.

Syracuse heated up in the second half but must improve its perimeter game if Jim Boeheim's club is to do any damage in the ACC. Another worry: the physical condition of backup center Bourama Sidibe, who sat out with nagging knee and ankle injuries.

SIDIBE SIDELINED:

Sidibe sat out for the third time in the last five games and Jim Boeheim said the team is thinking about a medical redshirt. That would be a big blow.

UP NEXT:

Eastern Michigan hosts Rochester Friday.

Syracuse begins ACC play at home Sunday against Virginia Tech.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Battle 10.0
  James Thompson IV missed layup 11.0
  Offensive rebound by James Thompson IV 13.0
  Paul Jackson missed layup 14.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Marek Dolezaj 19.0
+ 1 Paul Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 46.0
+ 1 Paul Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 46.0
  Shooting foul on Paschal Chukwu 46.0
  Offensive rebound by Eastern Michigan 51.0
  Paul Jackson missed layup, blocked by Howard Washington 53.0
  30-second timeout called 1:11
Team Stats
Points 47 62
Field Goals 20-54 (37.0%) 18-46 (39.1%)
3-Pointers 3-15 (20.0%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 4-6 (66.7%) 20-26 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 30 38
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 19 25
Team 3 4
Assists 11 13
Steals 7 9
Blocks 3 8
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 19 7
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo E. Michigan 8-4 242347
home team logo Syracuse 11-2 243862
Team Stats
away team logo E. Michigan 8-4 68.8 PPG 38.8 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logo Syracuse 11-2 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
5
E. Minnie F 13.3 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.1 APG 41.3 FG%
25
T. Battle G 17.2 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.5 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Minnie F 13 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
T. Battle G 22 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
37.0 FG% 39.1
20.0 3PT FG% 30.0
66.7 FT% 76.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Minnie 13 5 1 6/14 1/4 0/0 2 39 2 0 3 1 4
J. Thompson IV 12 9 0 6/12 0/0 0/2 4 29 1 1 2 6 3
P. Jackson 10 2 3 3/11 0/1 4/4 4 37 1 0 5 1 1
T. Bond 4 2 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 31 0 1 2 0 2
J. Nobles 3 3 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Minnie 13 5 1 6/14 1/4 0/0 2 39 2 0 3 1 4
J. Thompson IV 12 9 0 6/12 0/0 0/2 4 29 1 1 2 6 3
P. Jackson 10 2 3 3/11 0/1 4/4 4 37 1 0 5 1 1
T. Bond 4 2 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 31 0 1 2 0 2
J. Nobles 3 3 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Harris 5 0 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
T. Groce 0 3 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 3 14 1 0 0 0 3
B. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. King 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 0 0 2
K. McAdoo 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 0 1
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ellison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Petersen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Silver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ballad Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 47 27 11 20/54 3/15 4/6 19 200 7 3 13 8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 22 6 2 7/15 3/9 5/6 0 40 2 0 2 0 6
P. Chukwu 15 12 0 3/6 0/0 9/11 3 37 2 5 1 5 7
F. Howard 11 1 7 4/12 3/8 0/0 1 39 4 0 2 1 0
O. Brissett 11 12 1 3/11 0/2 5/7 0 40 0 1 1 2 10
M. Moyer 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 22 6 2 7/15 3/9 5/6 0 40 2 0 2 0 6
P. Chukwu 15 12 0 3/6 0/0 9/11 3 37 2 5 1 5 7
F. Howard 11 1 7 4/12 3/8 0/0 1 39 4 0 2 1 0
O. Brissett 11 12 1 3/11 0/2 5/7 0 40 0 1 1 2 10
M. Moyer 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dolezaj 3 0 2 1/1 0/0 1/2 2 17 1 1 2 0 0
H. Washington 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 1 1 0 1
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Herlihy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sidibe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 34 13 18/46 6/20 20/26 7 200 9 8 9 9 25